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David Braley & Nancy Gordon
Rock GardenOpening celebratiOn
Saturday, May 14, 2016
2 Swinging Acrobats
3 Rock Garden T-shirt Stand
4 Pixie Pictures, 6–8:30 p.m.
5 Sponsor Wall
6 Luna’s Auction, 6–8:30 p.m.
7 Moon Dusting, 6–8:30 p.m.
8 Spirited Sprites Mocktail Bar
9 Gourmet Tacos, 6–8:30 p.m.
10 Starry Stones, 6–8:45 p.m.
11 Hauser Rest Area
13 Auction Piece – RBG Historical Bench, 6–8:30 p.m.
14 Illuminating Observatory
15 Mystical Markings, 6–8:45 p.m.
16 Gimme S’mores, 6–8:30 p.m.
17 Magical Seed Bar, 6–8:45 p.m.
18 Tinker Treats, 6–8:30 p.m.
19 Fairy Floss, 6–8:30 p.m.
20 Poppin’ Popcorn, 6– 8:30 p.m.
21 The History of Rock Garden (video)
22 Live Art Auction Piece, 6–8:30 p.m.
23 Hand Wash Station
Immerse yourself in the music, entertainment, and attractions of the night that draw Luna, the moon fairy, to this enchanted Rock Garden. Luna spends her days sleeping amongst the clouds and as nighttime falls, she awakens to bring the moon to the sky. Luna is a playful fairy and playing tricks is something she loves to do. Her most well-known trick is hiding pieces of the moon so only a sliver of if hangs in the sky amid the stars.
Enjoy the Land of Luna as you explore her world and discover the magic of her favourite tricks and treasures. Make sure to keep your eyes open for flashes of silver, as the sun sets she just might make an appearance.
children’S activitieS 6 to 8:45 p.m.
Starry Stones — Capture your favourite constellation on a starry stone to attract Luna’s night time friends. The stars are important to Luna because they illuminate the moons of the galaxy — just like the sun lights up Earth’s moon!
Mystical Markings — Getting a mystical marking can attract enchanted creatures. Invite Luna and some of her friends to visit you by choosing a special marking that they will recognize.
pixie pictures — Remember your special evening in the Land of Luna by capturing your memories in the photo booth. See if you can spot some of Luna’s fairy friends in the backdrop!
Magical Seed bar — Collect the seeds of Luna’s most adored local plants. Take them home with you and plant them to attract Luna and her enchanted friends!
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LIGHT SHow pRESENTED By
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6 p.m. Gates open
6 to 8:30 p.m. Silent auction and Raffle 6 to 8:45 p.m. Grab your swag bag and make your way
through The Land of Luna’s activity stations. Look through a telescope and learn about the world behind the stars and get your picture taken at the pixie pictures photo booth.
Be mesmerized by aerial artists and stilt walkers while the garden fills with music, magicians, jugglers and fire artists.
Experience gourmet macaroni and cheese, tasty tacos, corn dogs and make a camp-fire classic at the s’mores station (food ticket required for macaroni and cheese, tasty tacos and corn dogs.) Complement your meal with a mock-tail.
9 to 9:15 p.m. The Land of Luna’s Light Show starts
9:15 to 10 p.m. Enjoy music while looking up at the moon and stars at the astronomy station
Tammy phinney, Event Chair
Ruth Lee, Event Co-Chair
Darlene Bennett-Howes, Event Director
Stephanie Brewster, Culinary operations
adrienne Lister, Logistics
Carleigh Thompson, Logistics
Nick Kondrat, Marketing and pR
Irene Feddema, Event Design
Kate palmer, auction and program
Joe Tavares, operations
yvonne Cunnington, Volunteers
Jeremy Freiburger, Entertainment
Catherine arlein, Fundraising
Danielle Daigle, Ticketing
Fiona Fullerton, operations
Sherri Earl, operations
Cathy Kostyshyn, operations
Jason Van Veen, operations
Emma Vanderhoeven, operations
Chris Farias, Luna Design and Marketing
Katie Stiel, Luna Design and Marketing
Dave Hanley, Logistics Consultant
Message from event chair
It has been my pleasure to work with Royal Botanical Gardens over the past year to
present you with two inspiring events that celebrate the rejuvenated David Braley
& Nancy Gordon Rock Garden. Both The Land of Luna and Luna mark spring’s
return to this beloved garden that has touched so many hearts for over 80 years.
when I first moved to this area, RBG and Rock Garden helped me to deepen both
my appreciation for the natural world and connections to this great community. It
is because of these connections that I have been so thrilled to help organize and
plan these two events for you. Thank you for joining me in The Land of Luna. Enjoy
a drink, feast on some culinary delights, and prepare to be amazed by the iconic
Rock Garden coming to life through an incredible light show. Tonight will without a
doubt, be an evening to remember.
The Land of Luna, Event Chair
executive production team
auctionfeaturedrbg lifetime membership for one person — visit as often as you like
rbg bench, three available, #13 on map — take home a piece of the original Rock Garden
artist’s work, two pieces, created live, #22 on map, see artists/performers tab
nOt tO be MiSSed 1. christy’s gourmet gifts Chocolate workshop for 6 people
2. Mohawk inn & conference centre Nature package
3. toronto West kOa one-night stay in a deluxe cabin
4. niagara parks 2 passes to Niagara parks attractions and historic sites
5. 4 cats art Studio Kids Splatter party for up to 10 people
6. party like a pop Star & b town Sound Sing-a-Long package birthday party, ages 5–14, for 12 kids
7. One week of rbg discovery camps for one — hikes, games, crafts, activities and daily explorations of nature sanctuaries
8. rbg paddling in paradise for six — get a glimpse of the astounding life that depends on the health of the marsh for its survival
9. exclusive cootes paradise tour and lunch at rbg for two — view wetland plants and wildlife, and hear about restoration efforts
10. exclusive tour and lunch with rbg’s head of horticulture for two — learn about the unique plants in RBG’s collections
11. SupperWorks 3 Entree Introductory Session
12. holiday inn burlington hotel & conference centre and Splitsville burlington
overnight accommodation with breakfast for 2 people 2 hours of bowling for up to 6 people including shoe rental
rafflenfp canada, kevin brady one-week vacation at westgate Vacation Villa Resort
in Kissimmee orlando, Florida
david braley and nancy gordon
Local businessman David Braley and his wife, Nancy Gordon, believe strongly in giving back to the community where they have lived for almost their entire lives.
Both David and Nancy were raised in the westdale area of Hamilton, and enjoyed the Children’s Garden at Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) at a young age. Throughout their lives, RBG continued to hold a special place in their hearts, with David supporting the Gardens both personally and through his business. Nancy dedicated 18 years to The auxiliary of RBG as a volunteer, and served two of those years as president.
as the lead donors to your Rock Garden Memories Capital Campaign, David and Nancy have provided the vision, support and guidance needed to help RBG transform the old Rock Garden back to its original glory. Through their matching gift program, they were also successful in challenging the community to raise an additional $2 million dollars to support it.
David and Nancy feel very deeply about the role RBG has in the Hamilton community, not only today but for the youth of tomorrow. It is their hope that this beautiful landmark can influence others as it has influenced them throughout their lives.
In recognition of their generosity, RBG chose to rename the garden David Braley & Nancy Gordon Rock Garden.
It is our pleasure to welcome you to The Land of Luna, the grand opening celebration of the new David Braley & Nancy Gordon Rock Garden at Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG).
In august of 2013, construction began and it is hard to believe that we have completed the rejuvenation of this iconic garden. we are so excited to finally present our most famous, beloved garden in a brand new way and we are proud of the fact that we took special care to preserve its heritage and charm.
RBG’s mission is to dedicate our expertise in horticulture, conservation, science and education — together with our unique gardens, facilities and natural lands — to inspire and nurture society’s commitment to the environment. Like other public gardens around the world, we are embracing the changes needed to respond to the challenges of climate change.
The new Rock Garden reflects this forward-facing approach and is truly a garden for the 21st century, one that embraces sustainable trends in garden design and management while respecting the integrity of its heritage setting. we would have not have been able to make these changes without the generous support of donors.
For those who have visited the old Rock Garden in the past, I encourage you to take notice of these changes as you make your way through The Land of Luna, and if this is your first time visiting, then welcome to what will no doubt be an enchanting experience you will never forget.
Mark Runciman Leslie BullockCEo, Royal Botanical Gardens Chair, RBG Board of Directors
tottering biped theatreDirector: Trevor CoppTBT was founded in 2009, and is a current resident company of Burlington performing arts Centre. In recognition of their work, TBT has been supported by ontario arts Council, ontario Trillium Foundation, and Canada Council for the arts, and our work has been featured in over 20 publications including Canadian Theatre Review, Dance Current, and TEDx. totteringbiped.ca
royal astronomy Society of canada –hamilton centreRaSC Hamilton Centre was established in 1905 and is one of the 29 centres found across Canada. RaSC’s 5,000+ members range from enthusiastic amateurs, educators, and professional astronomers. RaSC Hamilton Centre enjoys a world-class observatory facility that operates two large telescopes as well as a number of smaller portable telescopes that are used for public outreach and for personal use by club members.
gaiapresented by Bella Magic Gaia — the enchanting, friendly and bedazzling, tree spirit. a interactive character presenting, themed magic and juggling with jaw dropping ornate costumes and character play.
SviSual artiStSSanjay b. patelSanjay patel is a local abstract artist. Tonight he is creating artworks that represent the energy and colours of the Land of Luna. Come contribute your positive feelings and share your favourite springtime colours. who knows, maybe your colour will make an appearance.
amanda immersamanda’s combination of training from McMaster university (arts) and Sheridan College (Craft & Design) has lead amanda to create tactile images that recollect the layers of everyday life. Her work can be seen on Hamilton’s King william art walk, and one of the pan am Celebration soccer balls in downtown Hamilton. Her work is in collections across Canada and the u.S.
nick WallaceMagician, illusionist, mind reader — Nick wallace has been described as a master of subtle illusion and manipulation. He has been named Canadian champion of magic. He may pretend to look sweet and innocent, but many suspect he may, in fact, be the devil. pure evil wrapped in Mr. Rogers’ sweater. www.Nickwallace.com
Stephen fullerStephen Fuller has been fiddling around Hamilton and Southern ontario for 30 years. He has been involved in traditional dance and played at many festivals and historic sites over that time. For his shows tonight, he is joined by friends on guitar and percussion to make for everyone a joyous noise.
Silks, Stilts and fire
hamilton aerialist group Hamilton aerial Group (HaG) is an aerial arts club making the circus arts accessible to the community. They are passionate about the arts, and even more passionate about everyone having the chance to learn and grow in a close, supportive community. HaG is a family of people from all walks of life and all sorts of artistic backgrounds with a love for aerial silks, hoop and trapeze. www.hamiltonaerialgroup.com
brott OperaDirector: Boris BrottNow entering its 29th season, Brott Music Festival (est. 1988) is the largest non-profit orchestral music festival in Canada, and, the only festival with a full-time, professional orchestra-in-residence. Brott Music Festival is renowned for its extremely high artistic standard, world-class soloists, its exuberant young orchestra and its eclectic mix of orchestral, chamber, opera, jazz, pops and education concerts at various venues across Southern ontario. www.brottmusic.com